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Part 1. Theoretical and Methodological Issues in African American Racial Identity Chapter 1. Forty Years of Cross' Nigrescence Theory: From Stages to Profiles, From African Americans to All Americans Chapter 2. The Conceptualization and Measurement of Racial Identity and Racial Identification within Psychology Chapter 3. African American Racial Identity Research in Political Science: The Need for a Multidimensional Measure Part 2. African American Racial Identity and Psychological Well-Being Chapter 4. The Effects of Racial Identity on African-American Youth Well-Being: A Clarification of the Research and Meta-analysis Chapter 5. Black Identity and Well-Being: Untangling Race and Ethnicity Chapter 6. Black Racial/Ethnic Identity and Its Impact on Well-Being: Bridging Identity Theory and Racial/Ethnic Identity Research Chapter 7. When Racial Identity Matters: Stressful Events and Mental Health in Rural African American Adolescents Part 3. African American Racial Identity and Physical Health Chapter 8. The Role of African American Racial Identification in Health Behavior Chapter 9. Vascular Depression and African Americans: A Population at Risk Part 4. African American Racial Identity Development and Effects on Parents and Children Chapter 10. Black Like Me: The Race Socialization of African American Boys by Nonresident Fathers Chapter 11. Toward a Model of Racial Identity and Parenting in African Americans Chapter 12. African American Children's Racial Identification and Identity: Development of Racial Narratives Part 5. African American Racial Identity and Influence on Educational Behavior Chapter 13. Racial Identity as a Buffer to Discrimination among Low Income African American Adolescents: An Examination of Academic Performance Chapter 14. The Congruence Between African American Students' Racial Identity Beliefs and their Academic Climates: Implications for Academic Motivation and Achievement Chapter 15. The Influence of African American Racial Identity on Standardized Test Performance Chapter 16. An Exploration of Racial Identity among Black Doctoral Students Involved in Cross-Race Advising Relationships Chapter 17. The Relationship between African American Males' Collegiate Peer Support Groups and Their Racial Identity Development

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Jas M. Sullivan is an assistant professor of political science and African and African American studies at Louisiana State University. Ashraf M. Esmail is an assistant professor in social sciences at Southern University at New Orleans.


African American Identity is a must-read for anyone seeking a scholarly understanding of racial/ethnic identity of Black folks. In one volume, Sullivan and Esmail bring together noteworthy scholars across various disciplines, as well as new scholars. The writings are stimulating and provocative and extend the debate about the conceptualization and measurement of Black identity, as well as its applications across disciplines, sociology, medicine, psychology, and political science. -- Beverly Vandiver, Penn State University
Sullivan and Esmail have edited one of the most impressive volumes on African American identity in recent memory. The multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of the book, combined with contributions from established scholars as well as emerging scholars in the field, make this book a unique and indispensable reference for scholars, researchers, educators, and practitioners interested in better understanding how racial identity impacts the lives of African Americans. -- Kevin Cokley, University of Texas at Austin
African American Identity: Racial and Cultural Dimensions of the Black Experience has an especially strong applied focus. Community and religious leaders, health interventionists, and educators will find ideas for programmatic interventions. Scholars of Black racial identity will be very interested in this volume, which provides a much-needed window onto the diverse theories, measurement strategies, and findings with respect to Black racial identity. Sullivan and Esmail's book represents a beginning in corralling and integrating this important literature. * PsycCRITIQUES *
The impressive group of researchers Sullivan (political science and African American studies, Louisiana State Univ.) and Esmail (social sciences, Walden Univ.) assembled present up-to-date qualitative and quantitative explorations of the multidimensional construct of African American racial and cultural identity. The chapters in part 1 review the theoretical evolution of the construct and measurement instruments that help clarify underlying factors of identity development and its influence on everyday life. The chapters in the remaining four parts report current research on the association of racial identity and psychological well-being, physical health, parenting, and educational behaviors. Although the book focuses on African American identity, the theoretical perspectives serve for other ethnic and racial identities. Presenting a well-rounded review of theories and their application, the book will help readers understand the development, reproduction, and influence of racial identity on the lives of African Americans. Specialists examining identity will find this a useful review of theory and method, a resource that highlights the associations between aspects of African American identity and everyday outcomes. The book should inspire scholars to consider new avenues of research. Summing Up: Recommended. * CHOICE *

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